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Cicada...Seventeen-Year Locust
Cicada...Seventeen-Year Locust

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Insects (Classic Editing)
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Location: at home
Date: Sep 3, 2003
Aperture: F2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 4, 2003

a large flylike insect with transparent wings;
seventeen-year locust; the male makes a loud, shrill sound by vibrating a special sound organ on its undersurface.
Annoyingly Noisy is what I call him!

Place: 37 out of 137
Avg (all users): 6.1921
Avg (commenters): 6.2222
Avg (participants): 5.7979
Avg (non-participants): 6.8421
Views since voting: 2522
Votes: 151
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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09/15/2003 02:14:28 PM
A pretty nice shot but such a ugly insect! I think this is why you didn't get a better rank but technically it should have rank higher to my opinion. Good shot.
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09/15/2003 09:58:27 AM
Thanks for the votes and critiques.
I have an even greater admiration for macro photographers after this attempt. Yes, I did bring him inside and set him on the kitchen counter with a brightly colored flower to match his coloring. I agree, the eye should be in focus. I tried. He kept jumping off the counter! Shot about 10 shots and turned him loose.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/14/2003 01:55:02 PM
The most important part of any subject is what? The EYES. Here they are out of focus. It doesn't look like a cicada in its natural habitat.
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09/11/2003 09:36:59 AM
The shadows on the white background are a little distracting, as is the green blade comign straight at the camera.
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09/11/2003 12:22:21 AM
I love your colors
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09/09/2003 04:59:13 PM
Nicely captured. Did you pluck the flower and lay it on the white bckground? And the cicada let you do this? Either wow, or it's dead ;) Nice colors, and the focus is nice and crisp where it is. The hard thing with macros is that the DOF is so shallow and that you have to get it just in the right spot. In this case, I believe that would've been the eye, but that's OOF.
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09/09/2003 12:44:47 AM
God are they ugly. LOL
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09/08/2003 10:19:03 PM
Nice macro of an ugly critter.
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09/08/2003 05:41:35 PM
Nice framing and background.
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09/08/2003 11:27:36 AM
what stunning insects these are, the out of focus leaf detracts a little but I see no way you could have avoided it and still gotten the power of the shot
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09/08/2003 03:41:32 AM
Intereting and colour ful subject. Compsootion is fine, but could really use more DOF - too much of the wing and (crucially) the eye are out of focus. Could you try a smaller aperture?
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